Boo is a surprising little Indie Horror effort that manages to take what little it had and create an effective ghost thriller that is sure to appeal to most Horror fans. The premise is simple enough, with a group of teens being trapped in an abandoned hospital on Halloween, only to discover that the rumors of it being haunted are frighteningly true! Most viewers will appreciate the commitment to physical FX used throughout the entirety of the film. The make-up, costuming, and gore ground the scares into reality, and the only gags that are computerized are shots that simply could not be achieved practically on a film of this scale. Director Anthony Ferrante has a clear grasp on the genre, creating genuinely suspenseful moments through clever light play, subtle but jarring ghost reveals, and creepy atmospheres. Unfortunately, he is much better with suspense than with actors, which leaves much to be desired in each of the performances and reminds the audience that this was still an amateur effort. The biggest asset to the film and budget had to be the shooting location at Santa Mira Hospital, which required minimal dressing and provided plenty of frightening sets. Outside of the acting, my only other gripe is that the pacing drops off in the second half, but overall for a film of its size, it is handled very well. I would like to see more fans give this one a chance! Its definitely worth a rent.
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